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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘A spectacle that only the most hard-nosed sceptic would be unable to completely resist’: TREE – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

To the credit of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba – and maybe Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley – you can feel the urge to find a healing of all sides in a conflict between black and whi…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

‘A battle cry against those who govern the USA’: The Time Of Our Lies – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

In Ché Walker’s dynamic, scarlet splashed, viscerally staged production, The Time of Our Lies is nothing if not a battle cry against those who govern the USA and its militaristic and fore…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

‘Packs a fierce climactic punch’: EUROPE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Michael Longhurst’s terrific, visceral debut production of David Greig’s Europe at the Donmar Warehouse packs a fierce climactic punch.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘You can’t help feeling Mamet’s real joy is in the gags’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★ by Carole Woddis

It could be said that Bitter Wheat lifts the lid on the exploitation of power in the film industry, but it eaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Perhaps that was also part of David Mamet…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Philip Osment obituary by Carole Woddis

Theatre director and playwright who spoke for those on the margins of societyThe playwright and director Philip Osment, who has died aged 66 from complications arising from pulmonary fibrosi…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘A truly remarkable, rather wonderful small gem retrieved’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Marie McCarthy’s Clapham Omnibus venue never ceases to surprise. Dedicated, as befits its previous life as a library, to storytelling in all its various forms, Scott Le Crass’ revival of…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘A production of highs & lows’: PICTURES OF DORIAN GRAY – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

It was a bold idea on Tom Littler’s part to think of adapting Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into a multi gender-swapping stage production.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘One of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre’: COME FROM AWAY – West End ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Come From Away, the story of how one small town, Gander in Newfoundland, responded to events of 9/11 when 7,000 passengers from 38 diverted aircraft landed in their midst, is one of the most…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘Tense, beautifully calibrated revival’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Philip Ridley and Robert Chevara’s production of Vincent River emerges as a masterful depiction of oppositional but mutual need unexpectedly producing a healing catharsis.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘Impressive, even dynamic evening’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

For Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller’s greatest plays about the hollowness of the American Dream, Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell and their cast make it an impressive, even …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘A sobering, haunting journey’: AVALANCHE – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Avalanche is a sobering, haunting journey that carries as much warning as it does perhaps solace to those thinking of having IVF or have had it as well as a kind of delight in the sheer beau…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘A cracker of an evening’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It could all go horribly wrong but Ian Rickson’s production of Rosmersholm in Duncan Macmillan’s new adaptation brings Ibsen’s dense moral and political tragedy safely into port.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘The show sparkles with invention’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

‘A sweet sexy fairy tale’ is how one critic described Sweet Charity on its opening in London in October 1967. And Josie Rourke’s final production as the Donmar’s artistic director be…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘The spell this production casts is compelling’: THREE SISTERS – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

The achievement of Rebecca Frecknall’s new production, as with her recent mega success with Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke is to speak to modern sensitivities with a clarity of vis…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

‘Delicately meticulous with detail’: ROOMS – Barbican Centre by Carole Woddis

Don’t go to Rooms if you want an easy, escapist 75 minutes, but do go for language, atmosphere, the darkest corners of your own psyches touched with raw beauty.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Philip Bretherton gives a barnstorming performance’: TONY’S LAST TAPE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Even if you weren’t a card-carrying Labour Party member, you’d be hard put not to come away from Tony’s Last Tape at the Omnibus Theatre with the light of idealism burning a little bit…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘A timely reminder of the cost of political principles’: THE RUBENSTEIN KISS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

All in all, Joe Harmston’s production brings James Phillips’ extraordinary empathy with his subject to a tender and sensitive conclusion in The Rubenstein Kiss whilst weighing up the nob…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘A counter-balance to the usual women-in-prison scenarios’: INSIDE BITCH – Royal Court Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Inside Bitch is a messy but enjoyable counter-balance to the usual women-in-prison scenarios. Roll on Clean Break.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

‘The grandest ‘immersive’ theatrical experience in London’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It was a stroke of marketing genius on the part of director Lucy Bailey and her producers to decide to stage one of Agatha Christie’s best-loved court room dramas in something approaching …

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

‘Engaging, entertaining & brilliant’: The War of the Worlds – New Diorama Theatre ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

It’s a dangerous world out there but this engaging, entertaining and brilliant War of the Worlds couldn’t come at a better time as a reminder to practise caution and scepticism before bu…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

‘Unmissable if you’re a Simon Russell Beale fan’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre ★★★ by Carole Woddis

Almeida Theatre, London *** Runs: 1hr 40mins without interval © Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out… TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours) In person: 10am-7…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

‘Wholly new & refreshing’: DOCTOR FAUSTUS – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★ by Carole Woddis

I love Christopher Marlowe. I love the raciness and rebel in him. And sometimes, particularly in Paulette Randall’s reframed version here at Shakespeare’s Globe with Doctor Faustus.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

‘Exactly what any radical playwright worth their salt should be doing’: THE CANE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

The Cane, Mark Ravenhill’s latest, represents an investigation that remarkably refuses to follow today’s tropes of outrage and counter-intuitively and presents a different kind of moral …

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Monday, December 24, 2018

‘Blew me away’: SUMMER & SMOKE – West End ★★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Summer & Smoke with its chorus of pianos fits as snugly into the Duke of York’s as it must have done at the Almeida.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘A conscience-pricking, outrage-provoking piece of work’: EAR FOR EYE – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

There is no one quite like debbie tucker green and her new play ear for eye, no one writing with the same urgency, disquiet and plain brilliance for adjusting and changing forms.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Perhaps a first in terms of girls, sport & how they’re portrayed on stage’: THE WOLVES – Theatre Royal, Stratford East ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

There’s much to delight in Sarah DeLappe’s punchy debut play, an American account of a group of teenage girl soccer players.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘Ultimately it lands a huge emotional punch’: THE WILD DUCK – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Though Robert Icke’s didacticism can be irritating, this Wild Duck undoubtedly pulls its modern audience into Ibsen’s tense, spiralling emotions to powerful effect.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘It comes at us like a blast of adrenaline’: COMPANY – West End ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

They don’t come much more glitzy than a new Sondheim production in the West End. That Company is one of Sondheim’s most popular if not THE most popular of his musicals could be gauged by…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘As joyous a marker of future intent as you could wish for’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Young Vic ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

As opening statements go, Kwame Kwei-Armah’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, imported from New York’s Public Theater is probably as joyous a marker of future intent …

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Often, breathtaking in its courage’: I’M A PHOENIX, BITCH – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is Bryony Kimmings’ story of survival but told with a flair, emotional and physical honesty and theatrical artistry that is, often, breathtaking in its courage.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Unfunny echo of today’s sexual & social injustices’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★ by Carole Woddis

There’s every reason why Josie Rourke should have chosen Measure for Measure to direct in her final season as the Donmar’s artistic director. Anyone with half an ear to public events in …

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